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Additional Action Taken to Provide Relief to U.S. Washing Machine Manufacturers

December 20, 2019

Washington, DC –  U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced today that President Trump has approved recommendations by the USTR, in consultation with the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee, to modify the safeguard measure on imported large residential washing machines that took effect on February 7, 2018.

The President’s action will shore up the effectiveness of the relief provided in 2018 to U.S. manufacturers injured by surging imports of large residential washers by allocating the annual tariff-rate quota of 1.2 million units by quarter beginning in February 2020.

President Donald Trump is continuing to fulfill a promise he made in June 2016 to take all necessary action under our trade laws to stand up for America’s workers and manufacturers. The President’s decision was based on developments in the U.S. washers industry since the tariff-rate quota went into effect, as recently noted by the independent, bipartisan U.S. International Trade Commission.  The President’s decision will make the safeguard more effective and will continue to create jobs and spur growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector.